Former Tottenham man congratulates West Ham, praises one Hammer

Following the surprise defeat away to West Ham at the London Stadium, which effectively ended Tottenham's slim chances of challenging Chelsea for the title, fans and pundits alike will be wondering if they will ever have the belief or star quality needed to finish the season in first place.

Mauricio Pochettino fears Tottenham have blown their chance of winning the Premier League because they lack the ruthless streak required to succeed under intense pressure.

The result in east London means Chelsea need just six more points to guarantee they will lift the Premier League for the second time in three years.

Spurs are second in the standings with 77 points from 35 matches, four behind Chelsea, who have a game in hand.

After the game, Noble paid credit to the display, which he says had left him "speechless" after they derailed one of their rivals' hopes of winning the Premier League title.

Knowing that any slip up would likely be decisive, Pochettino conceded that his players were lacking a spark on the pitch.

Nemanja Matic promised to buy Slaven Bilic dinner if West Ham handed Chelsea a massive boost in the title race by beating Tottenham.

"In football, things don't happen naturally, you need to go and get it". Today was a key moment.

Dier added: "We brought it [the deficit to Chelsea] back to four points but after today it's almost impossible now. It's about when you must win, you win". There are games you must win, it's not about playing good or bad, or running more or less. Win those two games and it's bye bye Spurs.

"Our aim was to win every game until the end of the season, that's gone now and from Monday we'll be ready to go again", he told the club website.

"Now we rest a little and try to prepare for the next game", the manaer was quoted as saying by the club's official site. Tottenham spent most of last season in second place, but faltered in mid to late May, and finished third.

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